JOHN 1- CHRISTMAS

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JOHN 1:14

THE MESSAGE OF CHRISTMAS

 

Instead of going to one of the more traditional locations in the Bible for our text for a Christmas Message, I have directed your attention to John 1:1-14.  For all the great, wordy, needed account of Christmas given by Luke, John gets at the heart of the meaning of Christmas in just one verse.

 

John 1:14 - And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

 

THE WORD

 

The topic of John's Christmas message is the "The Word".

It doesn't take much thought to figure out that the term, "The Word" is referring to God's Son, The Lord Jeuss.

 

Earlier in this chapter, John has some things to say about "The Word". It will help for us to remind ourselves what John says about Jesus as "The Word".

 

Vs. 1 - In the beginning was the Word...

           Sounds like Genesis 1:1, doesn't it?

           We will find as we read on that there is good reason for John to begin his Gospel this way.

           "In the beginning, God..."

           "In the beginning was the Word..."

           Both existed in the beginning.

           Both involved in creation.

           Both are deity, God the Father, God the Son.

 

Jesus is called "the word."

What does a word do? 

First, a word expresses a thought.  It is used to explain what we are thinking. For example if I am thinking of an object that sits on a counter, has a door on it, and cooks food real fast, the word I attach to that thought is "micro-wave".

 

First, a word expresses a thought. Second, a word communicates that thought to others.  The way you understand what I am thinking is by the words I use.

 

Jesus is called the "Word". 

He expresses the thought of who God is and what God is like.

He reveals God to us. He shows us how God is thinking.

 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God...

 

The idea of being with someone can have various meanings.  On separate occasions I was with Johnny Cash, The Four Seasons, The Statler Brothers, and John Denver.  Of course so were thousands of other people.  I got nowhere near them but I was with them.

 

However, we had our adult class Christmas party we were eyeball to eyeball. We were with each other in a close way.

 

When this says that the word was with God, it means they were face to face.  They were up close and personal.  Jesus is closer to God the Father than any other person in the universe, with the possible exception of the Holy Spirit, who would be equally close. John 1:18

 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 

Here is a clear statement concerning the deity of Christ, and you'll ever here.  THE WORD WAS GOD!

 

Some will say that Jesus was a great teacher, and He was.

Some will say that Jesus was a mighty miracle worker, and He was.

Some will say that Jesus was a great man, and He was.

But above this, Jesus was, and is, GOD!

 

God is a trinity or a triunity.

One God, three persons in the Godhead.

They have the same characteristics of deity.

They have the same purpose as deity.

Each on is God, and yet each one is unique.

 

Vs. 2 - Referring to the Lord Jesus, Proverbs 8:27-30 gives some good commentary on this verse.

 

Vs. 3 - Jesus is the Word.  As The Word, Jesus reveals the thoughts of God. Therefore, as the Word, Jesus expresses God's thoughts in God's creation. Colossians 1:16-17, Hebrews 1:1-2

 

Vs. 4 - In Him was life because He is creator.

            In Him was life because He is God.

            In Him was life because He went to the cross to

            die for us that we might have eternal life.

            In Him was life because He rose from the dead.

 

This life is the light of men.

You see, we as men and women have darkened hearts, darkened by the darkness of sin.

 

It is the Lord Jesus, who not only gives life, but light.

When a person puts His faith in Christ, instead of residing in Satan's Kingdom of Darkness, through Him we are translated into His Kingdom of light. Colossians 1:12-13, John 8:12

 

Vs. 5 - The light of the world is shinning in the darkness, and yet the powers of darkness did not comprehend, or apprehend it.

 

If you have trusted Christ as Savior, you are part of the Kingdom of light.  If you have not trusted Christ as Savior, you are not part of the Kingdom of light.  Which is true for you?

 

THE WORD

WAS MADE FLESH

 

We already saw that Jesus as the Word existed from the beginning.

But there was a time when Jesus was made flesh or became flesh. Isaiah 9:6, Micah 5:2, Philippians 2:5-8

 

THE WORD

WAS MADE FLESH

AND DWELT AMONG US

 

When Jesus came to earth He dwelt, or tabernacled, or pitched his tent among us.

 

He was:

 

Among the sin though sinless

Among the sickness

Among the frustrations

Among the difficulties

Among the unfairness

Among the bondage

 

Just as God dwelled in a tent, a tabernacle among the children of Israel, God the Son choose to pitch His tent with sinful man!

 

THE WORD

WAS MADE FLESH

AND DWELT AMONG US

AND WE BEHELD HIS GLORY…

 

John is saying, "I am an eyewitness."  The apostles and I saw it all!

John could say, I saw the glory of His miracles, including the feeding of the 5 thousand, the healing of the man born blind, the turning of water into wine, and the raising of Lazarus from the dead.

 

John could say, I saw the glory of his sinless life. 

When others would be unreasonable, Jesus was never unreasonable.

When others lost their tempers, Jesus never lost His.

When others sought their own glory, Jesus sought His Heavenly Father's glory.

When others lied, stole, and cheated, Jesus was above reproach.

 

John could say, I saw the glory of his death. John was an eyewitness of Jesus fulfilling Isaiah 53:6-9.

Then John saw the glory of  his resurrection and his ascension.

Later, John would see the glory of the glorified Lord in Revelation.

 

Of  course all of the glory of the Lord Jesus showed Him to be as the "Only Begotten Of The Father."

There never was one like the Lord Jesus.

And there never will be.

 

THE WORD

WAS MADE FLESH

AND DWELT AMONG US

AND WE BEHELD HIS GLORY

FULL OF GRACE AND TRUTH

 

Grace - God's unmerited favor.

 

 Ephesians 2:8-9 - For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

 

Jesus is the truth - John 14:6 - Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

 

What He says is true.

What He does is true.

What He stands for is true.

As truth, Jesus cannot stand for sin.

As full of grace, He satisfied the need truth has to see sin punished.

He was full of both - grace and truth.

 

Reminds me of Psalm 85:10 - Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

 

So, we see the real meaning of Christmas.

THE WORD

BECAME FLESH

AND DWELT AMONG US

AND WE BEHELD HIS GLORY

FULL OF GRACE AND TRUTH

John 1:1-5, 14

 

 

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THE WORD (2)

 

THE WORD’S PREEXISTENCE – Vss. 1,2

THE WORD’S PARTNERSHIP – Vss. 1-2 (with the Father)

THE WORD’S POWER – Vss. 3-5

THE WORD’S PRESENCE – Vs. 14

 

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JOHN'S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

John 1:1-5, 14

 

In the Gospel of John you will find no account of  a Bethlehem birth, Herod, shepherds, wise men, Mary and Joseph, or even angels making a birth announcement.  However, there is a Christmas message about the Lord Jesus found in His Gospel.

 

HIS ETERNAL IDENTITY Vss. 1-2

HIS EARTHLY IMPORTANCE Vss. 3-5

HIS EXTRAORDINARY INVOLVEMENT Vs. 14

 

 

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John 1:10-14

JESUS COMES TO EARTH (May be used for Christmas)

 

Jesus came to earth! A summary of His ministry is seen here.

 

HIS RESIDENCE - Vs. 14a - A human body. He dwelt or "tabernacled" or "pitched his tent" among us.

 

HIS RADIANCE - Vs. 14b - "we beheld his glory..." (See Vss. 1-5)

 

HIS REJECTION - Vss. 10-11 - People didn't know Him. His own people didn't receive Him.

 

HIS RECEPTION - Vss. 12-13 - Those who receive Him as Savior become sons of God. They are born into God's family. (See John 3:1-7)

 

 

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John 1:29-39

FRIENDLY REMINDERS

 

I preached this message this past Sunday. I introduced the message with

"Can This Be Christmas?" a poem by M.R. DeHann. You can find this poem at

http://bible.org/illus/c/c-59.htm#TopOfPage. You'll have to scroll down.

(If you are on Juno, I will gladly send you a copy of this poem, if you

request it.)

 

At this time of year, we need some friendly reminders of the true meaning of

Christmas. Although John 1:29-39 is not a Christmas text, we are reminded

of three important facts to keep in mind as we approach Christmas.

 

THE PRICE THAT JESUS PAID Vss. 29-34

In Vs. 29 John calls Jesus "The lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the

world."

When the Jews offered sacrificial lambs to God as sacrifices they were

supposed to be without blemish or spot.

The lambs offered in Old Testament sacrifices were pictures of God's lamb

who came to die for the sins of the World. (See Isaiah 53, Romans 5:6-8)

This is a friendly reminder to place your faith in Christ, if you have not

already (Romans 5:1). It is also a friendly reminder to Christians to

appreciate the price that Jesus paid for sins that we might have life!

 

THE PRIORITY OF JESUS' PRESENCE Vss. 35-37

Two disciples of John The Baptist, Andrew and John, started to follow Jesus.

Jesus asks an important question. He says "What seekest thou?", or "What are

you looking for?" People are looking for a lot of different things today

such as money, fame, comfort, pleasure, sexual gratification, family,

security, and a host of other things. We should ask ourselves, "What am I

looking for? What is the priority of my life?"

 

In answer to the Jesus' question the disciples answered "Master, where

dwellest thou?", or "Where are you living?" They wanted to be in fellowship

with the one who John the Baptist just identified as "The Lamb of God."

In asking this question, they were asking for three things.

 

Location - They wanted to be where Jesus was.

Learning - As disciples, they wanted to learn from Him.

Likeness - As disciples, they wanted to be like the one they were following.

 

As disciples of the Lord Jesus, we too should want to be where Jesus is,

want to learn from him, and want to be like Him. (See John 3:2-3)

 

THE PRACTICE OF JESUS' PRESENCE Vs. 39

Jesus invited these disciples to "Come and see."

As disciples of the Lord Jesus today, if we come to Him, we will:

 

1. See that He dwells within. - Galatians 2:20, John 15:1-7

Through the Spirit of God, Jesus lives inside of this.

Because of this we should allow Him to live His life through us.

 

2. See that He dwells in the Word. - John 5:39

We find Jesus as we search out the Word of God.

 

3. See that He dwells in the church.

Other Christians also have the Lord Jesus inside of them.

We can learn more about Jesus as we see the reality of our Lord living in

the lives of other Christians.

 

 

 

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